Japan Open 2011 Women’s Singles Draw

September 24, 2011

in Women's Major Tournaments

The 2011 Japan Open women’s main draw singles matches will begin on Sunday 25 September at 10:30am local time in Tokyo in Japan. To watch the tennis in Singapore add 1 hour to the local time in Tokyo. The full singles draw including who all the qualifiers play is listed below. There are 56 main draw spots divided up between 8 Qualifiers (Q), 3 Wild Cards (WC) and 45 Direct Acceptances.

The 45 direct acceptances are decided according to whom the Top 45 ranked players in the world that enter this year by 15 August 2011. This year the cut-off for the last direct acceptance was Zhang Shuai of China who was ranked No.99 at the cut-off date. If any direct acceptances and/or wild card entrants withdraw after the first round of qualifying is completed then those spots are awarded to lucky losers.

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Pictured above is 2010 Japan Open semi finalist Victoria AZARENKA just as she is about to make contact with the ball with this double-handed backhand on her way to winning her second singles title at the 2011 Miami Open. This year the 22-year-old Azarenka achieved her career-high ranking to date of No.3 on September 12. Azarenka has won 2 WTA singles titles this year and 7 thus far in her career and would love to add a third major singles title to her collection in Tokyo.

The 1.8m Azarenka from Belarus will be looking for a strong performance in Japan to seal her spot in the WTA Tour Finals and qualify for the third straight year. Azarenka uses the HEAD YouTek IG Extreme Pro and will be looking to utilise her talent to the extreme now that she is so close to earning the No.2 ranking and putting herself in striking distance to claim the World No.1 ranking.

The Seeds:

In a 56-player draw there are 16 seeded players and they were selected according to the WTA rankings on the final Monday before this event commences. This year the seeding will be based on the WTA rankings as at September 19. Only the Top 8 seeded players receive a BYE in the 1st round, whilst seeds 9 to 16 do have to play a first round match.

Being seeded means that you the earliest round in the event that you can meet another seeded player is in the round of 16 where only 16 players remain. This is because the 16 seeds are separated in the draw so that play against lower ranked opponents who are unseeded, before they can meet another seed. The Top 8 seeds have been bolded in the draw below.

The Wild Cards:

The wild cards were awarded at the discretion of the Japanese Tennis Federation who elected to add two young rising stars to the draw in Laura ROBSON of Great Britain and Kristyna PLISKOVA of the Czech Republic plus Japan’s women Misaki DOI (20-years-old and ranked No.111). Doi joins two other Japanese direct acceptances in the main draw: Ayumi MORITA (21-years-old and No.44) and Kimiko DATE-KRUMM who turns 41 during this event and is No.61 after being ranked No.4 back in November 1995.

The Qualifiers:

Japan’s Erika SEMA (22-years-old and currently ranked at No.126) was the only local to qualify for the main draw. Late entrant Angelique KERBER who made the 2011 US Open semi final qualified and a pair of sisters joined their siblings in the main draw: Urszula RADWANSKA and Karolina PLISKOVA. A pair of Americans qualified in Coco VANDEWEGHE and Jill CRAYBAS together with new Australian Anastasia RODIONOVA and Mandy MINELLA of Luxembourg round out the 8 qualifiers this year.

The draw for the seeded players if they all win through to the round of 16 is:

  • Caroline WOZNIACKI (1) versus (15) Flavia PENNETTA
  • Agnieszka RADWANSKA (9) v (8) Jelena JANKOVIC
  • Victoria AZARENKA (3) v (16) Shahar PE’ER
  • PENG Shuai (10) v (7) Marion BARTOLI
  • Samantha STOSUR (6) v (12) Ana IVANOVIC
  • Dominika CIBULKOVA (14) v (4) Vera ZVONAREVA
  • Petra KVITOVA (5) v (11) Anastasia PAVLYUCHENKOVA
  • Julia GOERGES (13) v (2) Maria SHARAPOVA

The draw for the 2011 Japan Open Women’s singles event is:

  1. Caroline WOZNIACKI (1) v BYE
  2. Rebecca MARINO v Jarmila GAJDOSOVA
  3. Coco VANDEWEGHE (Q) v ZHENG Jie
  4. Kaia KANEPI v (15) Flavia PENNETTA
  5. Agnieszka RADWANSKA (9) v (WC) Misaki DOI
  6. Angelique KERBER (Q) v Bojana JOVANOVSKI
  7. Barbora ZAHLAVOVA STRYCOVA v Anastasija SEVASTOVA
  8. BYE v (8) Jelena JANKOVIC
  9. Victoria AZARENKA (3) v BYE
  10. Irina-Camelia BEGU v (Q) Karolina PLISKOVA
  11. Urszula RADWANSKA (Q) v Klara ZAKOPALOVA
  12. Kristyna PLISKOVA (WC) v (16) Shahar PE’ER
  13. PENG Shuai (10) v (Q) Jill CRAYBAS
  14. Christina MCHALE v Tamira PASZEK
  15. Irina FALCONI v Ayumi MORITA
  16. BYE v (7) Marion BARTOLI
The bottom half of the draw is:
  1. Samantha STOSUR (6) v BYE
  2. Erika SEMA (Q) v Maria KIRILENKO
  3. Laura ROBSON (WC) v Alexandra DULGHERU
  4. Anastasia RODIONOVA (Q) v (12) Ana IVANOVIC
  5. Dominika CIBULKOVA (14) v Magdalena RYBARIKOVA
  6. Iveta BENESOVA v Anastasiya YAKIMOVA
  7. Gisela DULKO v Tsvetana PIRONKOVA
  8. BYE v (4) Vera ZVONAREVA
  9. Petra KVITOVA (5) v BYE
  10. Mandy MINELLA (Q) v Kimiko DATE-KRUMM
  11. Vania KING v ZHANG Shuai
  12. Aranxta RUS v (11) Anastasia PAVLYUCHENKOVA
  13. Julia GOERGES (13) v Pauline PARMENTIER
  14. Greta ARN v Sofia ARVIDSSON
  15. Tamarine TANASUGARN v Petra CETKOVSKA
  16. BYE v (2) Maria SHARAPOVA

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